The Art of the Street @ Magic City

Sunday = Funday! Right?

For our Funday, we decided to go for an art show that would be interesting for us parents but also child friendly. After browsing the web and finding nothing really exciting to do, I saw the pics a former colleague has posted on his Instagram, about an art show and we decided to give it a try. (thanks Raj! 😊)

Huge Magic - by Swedish artist Huge
Huge Magic – by Swedish artist Huge

The Art of the Street is a huge exhibition presenting a unique selection of works by street-artists from all over the world. What makes this art show so unique, is that it does not only focus on one media or form, but in fact it represents street art in its different features, sizes and shapes. From monumental murals, to teeny tiny sculptures, everything in this exhibition is encouraging the visitor to rethink the urban spaces from places we live passively, to actually and actively explore them.

The installation by Slinkachu was one of my favourites. I knew his work from before, but I never had the chance to see it in real life. His installation requires the viewer to peep through a hole in a wall, in order to discover the miniature sculptures that live behind it.

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Morgan doing his duties and helping Linus to look at the installation.

The artist creates, from modelling to painting, mini-sculptures that consequently he “abandons” on the street. In his artist statement, Slinkachu says how “the street-based side of his work plays with the notion of surprise” and how he aims “to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings”.

Roa is a street-artist from Belgium and his murals represent wild or urban animals. In his pieces, he often represents the skeleton and internal organs since they are among the vital parts of the animal body, and therefore deserve to be represented.

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For the exhibition at magic city, Roa has created a number of pieces, including few that give the visitor the possibility to play around and decide what to see, the animal itself, or its internal body.

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Linus playing with one of Roa’s installations

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Even though the exhibition was pleasant and well presented, it also felt it was a bit contradictory. Street art is meant to be in the streets and even though all the artworks were beautifully curated and presented, most of them felt pretty decontextualized.

Street art should be an urban adventure throught which the city inhabitants are invited to investigate, with new eyes, the places they live everyday. Placing these works in an indoor environment strips them off of their original intent, and makes them into simple (but beautiful!) illustrations or objects.

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The Art of the Street is displayed at Magasin 9 i Frihamnen and is on until the 4th March.

For more information, visit the exibition website here.